Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward by Francis Manapul

The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward (The Flash (New 52) #1)
 by Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Published by DC Comics
Date Production : November 13th 2012
Rating: 3.8/5

Synopsis:Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can't be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic' hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!
As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.
This volume collects issues 1-6 of the monthly series.

My thoughts:

Cover: I love the red and the font

Book:The Flash, the fastest man in the World( having flashbacks of 90’s superman episodes where Flash and Superman try to outrun each other)

This volume is part of the DC Comics redesign. Wally West has been the Flash for more than 2 decades after Barry Allen sacrificed himself. But Barry Allen has risen from the dead and Wally West never existed. A lot of people were mad 12 months ago when it was revealed . I’m not mad but a bit pissed . I grew up with Wally. I have read Barry’s “’beginning’” and it ok . I have not connected with Barry . Sad I know but I still enjoyed it. Here is why?

The PLOT is freaking good. There is time travel, vortexes, cloning, and the ability to regenerate. The plot had me hooked. SCI galore

Info on BarryAllen: When Barry Allen was only eleven, his mother was murdered. His father was tried and convicted for the murder, and later died in prison. However, the young Allen refused to believe that his father was guilty of the crime. His life ground to a halt as he dedicated himself to finding the real murderer and, more importantly, finding the motive behind the murder. To this end, Allen studied forensic science, and dedicated himself to solving not only his mother's case, but those of other people in his situation.

After graduating, Allen found work with the Central City Police Department as a police scientist, with a well-known habit for slowness and lateness. Working late in the lab one night, a rack of chemicals that he was working next to was struck by lightning, and Allen was doused in chemicals. Surprisingly unharmed, Allen cleaned up the mess and returned to work, but soon noticed that the world appeared to be moving much slower than normal. He soon realized that it was not the world that had slowed, but himself who had sped up. And he was the 2nd Flash

A summary without spoiling ( There are 8 chapters and 2 interlocking storylines . 4for each) :
Barry has not yet learned to control his powers. He stops a thief during a theft and they plummet down from the roof of a lab. The impacts kill the thief. When Barry arrives at the scene he sees that the dead man is his childhood friend.

The art style was really good but lacked the beauty of Aquaman. I do have to admit captain cold is drawn amazingly ( hot) lol

Still exited for future releases


  1. Great review, Roro! This isn't my usual kind of thing but I would like to read some graphic novels. It's great to hear that this one has an awesome plot, too!

    Steph @ Stepping Out Of The Page

  2. This isn't my thing either but glad to see you loved it! Great review, Roro! :)

  3. that is what draws me to comics: the male hotness. LOL. Loved that part: "Barry Allen has risen from the dead..." For a moment I was like WHAAA?? A zombie hero? Slow down, brain. :P

  4. I love The Flash character, but I've never read the comics. They look quite interesting!

  5. Another great review! I don't read comics but my husband and kids love them and the husband publishes his own. And I will agree with you, they are drawn pretty hot lol.

  6. Yah the pics weren't as cool as Aquaman but I ooved the one of Flash in bis underwear sticking out hisntongue so unexoected. Glad that it worked for you despite the character change!

  7. Love the illustrations! You know I'm not generally a comic fan but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this. Brilliant review! :)

  8. I don't often read comics or graphic novels, but I feel like I should give them a go more often between all the books I read. This sounds like a great first installment and I mean... time travel? Cloning? Vortexes? You had me hooked with that sentence alone :D Fantastic review!

  9. your reading alot of graphic novels recently eh? Sounds pretty cool, and i like the art! Great review Roro! love the pictures you put!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  10. I am not a huge graphic novel fan but I always love the artwork. This one is very well done! I love the pictures you posted.

  11. I don't read comics, but my sister is a HUGE fan. I love the Flash though, especially because he was featured on Smallville. Great review :)

  12. I Love this!! Awesome review. I do read comics on occasions but secretly am a manga lover.

  13. Thanks for the review! I don't really like comics but from my brother's obsession when he was a few years younger I remember Flash! ;) And I'm really glad you liked the Flash :)

  14. I haven't read American comics in a while but I'm pretty sure I've heard of Flash! I think he's also in one of the superhero movies?

    Awesome review, Roro! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Ive never read anything in this genre but the passion in your review makes me want to lol great review. And the art is really nice

  16. I don't read comics anymore (I was a huge fan of Archie as a kid, does he count? lol) but I love this cover!

  17. Well this sounds great! I like comics and graphis novels and haven't read one in a while. This might be up next!

  18. Bahahaha, I love the pictures. Very nice!



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